The Adams Morgan Development Rundown

by Nena Perry-Brown

As spring draws nearer, UrbanTurf continues its look at the residential development pipeline in the DC area by revisiting what’s on tap for Adams Morgan. While some developments in this neighborhood have had an uphill battle, others are matter-of-right and on-schedule and still others are shrouded in mystery.

In case you missed them, here are other neighborhoods we have covered this year:

The Adams Morgan Development Rundown: Figure 1

1773-1777 Columbia Road NW

Plans were recently unveiled for 1773-1777 Columbia Road NW (map), where Foxhall Partners is building a by-right mixed-use development. Including the first-floor retail facade, which will be retained and restored for use as a 9,500 square-foot retail space, the final project will be a six-story, 80-unit apartment building.

Delivery of the Streetsense-designed building is anticipated for the third quarter of 2018; the building will also provide 30 below-grade parking spaces. Eventually, Foxhall will also develop the adjacent buildings at 1767-1771 Columbia Road.

The Adams Morgan Development Rundown: Figure 2

Suntrust Plaza Redevelopment

After a tenuous year of back-and-forth with the community and various neighborhood and regulatory agencies, PN Hoffman and Potomac Investment Properties have been granted historic approval to redevelop what may be the flagship parcel of the Adams Morgan neighborhood: the Suntrust Bank and plaza at 1800 Columbia Road NW (map). The plan is to construct a six-story condominium building with 52 units and two or more retail tenants on the ground floor, likely including a cafe or restaurant with outdoor seating. The building will also have a roof deck, bike storage room and an underground parking level wit 32 spaces. Eric Colbert and Associates is the architect.

The Adams Morgan Development Rundown: Figure 3

Reed Row

Located at 2101 Champlain Street NW (map), Kettler’s Reed Row is a high-end rental development slated to deliver this spring. The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments will feature pod-style floorplans that site the kitchen, bathroom and washer/dryer in the center of the unit. Amenities will include a two-level courtyard, rooftop sunroom, large resident lounge, bike storage and repair stations and a dog-washing area.

The Adams Morgan Development Rundown: Figure 4

1701 Florida Avenue NW

While it is still unknown what’s in store for the planned redevelopment of the Florida Avenue Self Storage warehouse at 1701 Florida Avenue NW (map), there were some permits filed last year for interior renovations. Boundary Companies acquired the building in 2015.

Note: Neighborhood residents have informed UrbanTurf that the building appears to be set for rebranding as a CubeSmart Self Storage location.

The Adams Morgan Development Rundown: Figure 5

2800 16th Street NW

Eastbanc has partnered with the Scottish Rite Center to construct a by-right residential project on the surface parking lot at 2800 16th Street NW (map). The nine-story Grimshaw Architects-designed building and its 120 condominium units are currently under preconstruction; there will also be two below-grade parking levels with 75-80 parking spaces.

The Adams Morgan Development Rundown: Figure 6

Italian Embassy Redevelopment

Mill Creek Residential purchased the Italian Embassy property at 2700 16th Street NW (map) in 2015 and has broken ground on a planned-unit development that will deliver 135 apartments. The neo-renaissance style embassy building has since been gutted while the exterior will be restored; the apartments that will be in this building will start leasing in the second quarter of 2018.

There will also be a new nine-story building added to the site for delivery either the second or third quarter of 2019; parking will be spread across two levels below-grade.

The Adams Morgan Development Rundown: Figure 7
The Transcentury Building today, via Google Maps.

1724 Kalorama Road NW

Last fall, the Transcentury Building at 1724 Kalorama Road NW (map) changed hands again. New owner Bellevue plans to redevelop the vacant office property with a two-story addition to create 48-55 residential units with four parking spaces.

Adams Morgan development

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/adams_morgan_rundown/12325


  1. Jay said at 7:18 pm on Monday March 13, 2017:
    Suntrust Plaza and Reed Row are bright spots on the horizon. But the design for the apartment building on 16th St. is a disaster. And don't get me started on 1773-1777 Col Rd. Both projects can be filed in the category of "what were they thinking?" Yes. Some of your readers may call these ill thought out plans "fresh" or "modern" or use other descriptors to praise the designs over more traditional architecture but mark my words in 10-20 years people will be complaining about how dated these look. And in 30-40 years they will want to tear them down and start over. What a waste of resources.
  1. Dendee said at 7:43 pm on Monday March 13, 2017:
  1. jay2 said at 7:43 pm on Monday March 13, 2017:
    How about the Mill Creek apartment project at the old Italian Embassy on 16th? know anything about that timeline?
  1. Colin said at 8:08 pm on Monday March 13, 2017:
    Think I read somewhere recently (WBJ?) that the Mill Creek project is two phased, with the first phase, involving renovation of the existing structures, set to deliver next year and the second phase, construction of a new building, set to deliver in 2019.
  1. Nena Perry-Brown said at 8:18 pm on Monday March 13, 2017:
    @jay2 thanks for reminding us! The rundown has just been updated to include the Italian Embassy residences
  1. anderlank said at 10:39 pm on Monday March 13, 2017:
    I think that the work being done at 1701 is simply to upgrade the storage facility. There is a new self-storage sign on the exterior.
  1. Robert Gould said at 6:33 pm on Tuesday March 14, 2017:
    Don't Forget about a the Meridian International project! The developers have resurfaced and are trying to ram the new design through approvals quickly. Of particular note is the height, which remains unchanged from the previous proposal, despite the ruling from the Historical Preservation Review Board (HPRB) in Dec 2016 that the height be lowered by a minimum of one story. See this link for the plans. https://www.anc1c.org/index.php/pzt/category/210-meridian-international-development-2017
  1. Make Admo Great Again said at 8:50 pm on Wednesday March 15, 2017:
    Not necessarily Adams Morgan but check out ... https://www.anc1c.org/index.php/pzt/category/210-meridian-international-development-2017 Coming to 16th street. Hoping for an update of Meridian Hill park soon after. That will change the game!
  1. Joseph Seriki said at 12:15 am on Thursday March 16, 2017:
    @makeadmogreatagain-I couldn't agree with you more. Meridian Hill park with a facelift would be nothing short of amazing.

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